50 Million Voices. A different kind of conversation
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“It takes two to stutter”

What can stuttering voices teach us
about good communication and employment culture?

October 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm UTC+0

Ahead of International Stuttering Awareness Day, 50 Million Voices is delighted to host this online event on 18 October focusing on stuttering, communication and employment.

Join us and a panel of experts who will challenge the long-held negative assumptions about stuttering and explore it as a different way of communicating. One which is valuable for both speaker and listener and, consequently, also for the benefit of employers.

This will be a discussion as to how stuttered speech can create a different and more valuable conversation for both the speaker and the listener. We hope the event will provide you with an opportunity to listen, contribute and learn.


Panel presentations

The evening begins with short talks from three speakers chaired by Iain Wilkie. Our expert panellists include:

  • Elias Apreko – Co-founder Ghana Stammering Association
  • Chris Gemmell – Corporate Development Director, Sage PLC
  • Joshua St Pierre – Canada Research Chair in Disability Studies, University of Alberta

Breakout discussions

This will be followed by smaller breakout sessions where you can participate in a facilitated discussion. There is no obligation to talk and you can keep your camera off and shorten/remove your onscreen name if you wish to.

A plenary and Q&A hosted by Sam Simpson will provide the plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the panel and round off the event.

Our team

Iain Wilkie – Iain is the founder of 50 Million Voices, Trustee of Business Disability Forum (BDF) and former EY partner.  He is a person who stutters.

Elias Apreko – Elias is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Ghana Stammering Association, and a person who stammers. He also serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD).

Chris Gemmell – Chris is Corporate Development Director at Sage PLC and a person who stutters. He is also a Trustee of 50 Million Voices.

Joshua St Pierre – Joshua is a leading voice in the global stuttering pride movement. He is also Canada Research Chair in Critical Disability Studies and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta.

Sam Simpson – A leading advocate for global stuttering pride, Sam is also an internationally respected speech & language therapist and supervisor. She does not stutter.

We’re truly excited about this event and believe it can be a catalyst for changing the conversation about stuttering in the workplace.


Please complete the registration to get a Zoom link and password via the button below.

Employers: to book places for your employees, information and suggested donations are available from Shilpa Sagwal at email: info@50millionvoices.org

Individuals: donations are welcomed from independent attendees at: www.50millionvoices.org/donate

We are very grateful for the generous support of EY in sponsoring this event